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One of the 2018 California Documentary Project NEXT GEN grant awardees is Youth Beat’s Understanding Change in Oakland: A Youth Perspective that documents the rapidly changing face of Oakland and what it means for the city’s young people. Image courtesy of Youth Beat.

New Guidelines for California Documentary Project NEXT GEN Grants Now Available

Grants for Youth Media Organizations in Support of Emerging California Mediamakers Age 18 and Under

Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019

California Humanities is pleased to announce 2019 guidelines for CDP NEXT GEN, a new funding opportunity through the California Documentary Project grant program in support of California’s next generation of documentary media makers. Eligible applicants may request up to $15,000.

If California is at times seen as an indicator of where the United States is headed, then the state’s 9.2 million young people under the age of 18 will play an increasingly significant role in shaping who we are and the issues that we care about both regionally and nationally in coming years. With an eye toward the next national election and the goal of amplifying youth voices, we want to hear the insights and perspectives of soon-to-be-voting-age Californians on the subjects and issues that both divide and unite us. CDP NEXT GEN will support youth-produced short documentary films or podcasts that shed light on not only the problems we face, but also on the solutions that young people are proposing and the futures they envision.

Presented in alignment with CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California, a statewide initiative that focuses on the lives and experiences of young Californians, CDP NEXT GEN invites applications from California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies with track records in youth media programming to provide training and support to emerging media makers in the creation of short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts that tell original stories about life in California today.

For grant guidelines, instructions, or to start a new application, please visit the California Documentary Project grants page.

California Humanities will host a free informational webinar on how to apply to CDP NEXT GEN on Friday, February 15, 1–2 pm. To attend, please review the grant guidelines and register here in advance.

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